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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Linda asks…

How can I help an adult friend who I think has Asperger’s?

I have a male adult friend who exhibits many of the signs of Asperger’s. He is pushing people away, even people who are nice to him and try to be his friend because he thinks that everyone else is the problem not him. I have tried to bring up a subject that could lead to a talk about his symptoms. The problem is that he wants so badly to be “normal” that he won’t listen. He is turning the very few friends he has away from him, and I really want to help. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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I have High Functioning Autism which is a lot like Aspergers. Aspergers is a part of the autism spectrum of disorders. All the symptoms you mentioned can be part of the Aspergers life experience. Aspergers requires that you manage your insecurities at least enough so that your life outside your home will not be adversely affected. I have no problem reverting to my less than socially acceptable form when I am in my home alone. At home alone who is going to be offended by any of my autism inspired behaviors that others in neurotypical society find objectionable.

If you are weak then that’s a choice. Do not confuse weakness for meekness. I am meek which means I do everything in my power to avoid social situations because, socially I am totally utterly and hopelessly retarded, something I not ashamed of at all. You are right if you walk through life so afraid of life in this scary neurotypical world you do not understand this worlds predators and parasites will smell your fear and mark you as prey.

I too hate the feel of clothing against my body. I like clothing more than I like the feel of another person I do not know and trust touching me. You are letting what other people in this world think drive you crazy. I always tell my autistic and asperger’s friends stop trying to be the perfect neurotypical because you will never achieve that goal.

You are working too hard at trying to make other people happy. The people you are trying to make happy will never understand your challenges as a person with Aspergers so they will never be happy with you. Accept it my brother you share life with me on the autism spectrum of disorders and you despite all your best efforts will NEVER be seen as normal no matter how hard you try.

You must learn to love yourself. You see you will never perceive, understand, experience and respond to this world the way someone who is neurologically typical will. The very best you will be able to do as a person with aspergers will be attempting to be as close an approximation of a neurotypical as your gifts, talents and insights allow. If you spend your entire life trying to be everything neurotypicals and institutions want you to become you will go mad, you will live in a prison of your own making.

You have aspergers. Lots of people with Aspergers have OCD and if you do then your job is made harder because you likely have perfectionist tendencies. Asperger’s is a form of autism some people say it is mild but those people likely never lived life with Aspergers. Here is a webpage you might like. Http://www.aspergers.com/ This webpage supplies you with some basic insights into aspergers.

You have a serious problem with being held prisoner by what other people say. You are so caught on what others say because, your innate understanding of this neurotyical world is so spotty or non-existant. I know the feeling of being lost in this world because, I was in the prison of depending on what others said to define my place in the world for 38 of the worst years of my life. For 38 years I was a puppet to what everyone and everything said was right because, autism left me lacking the understanding to make sense of this strange world myself.

Eventually my life was in the toilet because, I was so confused by whatever often conflicting things others told me was right I just shut down. I stopped eating, got physically and mentally sick. In time I grew extremely violent almost killing a man. It was not until I was looking up from this pit of despair in my heart that I realized that I needed to engage this world on my terms and not care about what others felt about my autism inspired weirdness. I had nmany of the same issues you have now and I learned to manage them such that they do not prevent me living a happy life.

Am I normal heck no. Am I a social butterfly nope. Am I someone’s prey no I am my own man. I am strong. I am still weird but I let my more ugly werewolf like raging socially unacceptable side out at night in the privacy of my home where there are no neurotypical polite sensibilities to offend. No my life is not perfect and certainly not normal but I am happy. When you have autism or aspergers you won’t have anormal life so forget about it. Strive to have a happy life and that’s you will live well, successfully with great hope, expectations and love for all in life that what matters most.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Genetics

Susan asks…

Is autism hereditary?

Is it possible for a parent to have a different form of autism than their children? For example a child has Asperger’s and their parents or grandparents are autistic but don’t have it?

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Autism is a developmental disability that typically involves delays and impairment in social skills, language, and behavior. Genetics appear to play an important role in causing some cases of autism. Several studies have shown that when one identical twin has autism, the other co-twin often has autism. In contrast, when one fraternal twin has autism, the co-twin is rarely autistic. Studies trying to identify specific genes associated with autism have been inconclusive. Currently, it appears that 20 or more genes may be associated with autism. This is in contrast to other disorders, such as Fragile X or Rett’s syndrome, in which single genes have been identified.
In fact, autism is sometimes described as an autoimmune system disorder

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Question?: What Is Autism

Carol asks…

What is the difference between aspergers and high functioning autism?

I have high-functioning autism and i am in top set of year 8. However i also have a passion for maths, does this mean i have aspergers. sorry i have a very basic understanding.

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Both Aspergers and Autistic Disorder are both Autism Spectrum Disorders. The difference between the two however is when spoken language developed. If it developed significantly later than it should have (e.g. No first word by 15-18 months, no two-word combinations by 24 months), then the diagnosis would be Autistic Disorder. If langauge developed normally, it would be Aspergers.

Even those who are diagnosed with Autistic Disorder can go on to develop language just a few years later. My daughter’s development lagged behind by a year or so, but others have been non-verbal until much later (e.g. Temple Grandin has Autistic Disorder and was non-verbal until 4 years old, I know someone who was non-verbal to 7 years old) but as they get older catch up and have normal language.

High functioning means how well they function in the world – there are those who have a classic autism diagnosis who can function as well as an asperger’s person and can look after themselves fairly well, and are considered “high functioning”. Someone who is non verbal or strugles to with daily living severely (and could never live on their own) is considered low functioning.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults Checklist

Chris asks…

Do I have high-functioning autism or low functioning?

I am 21 years old and have been experiencing problems fitting into the social norms of society. I have the exact symptoms of aspergers and low functioning autism. I have specific interests and only like to talk about what im interested in. I have no social skills so I fail interviews. Never have the right word for the right situation I feel like a child in an adult body. I understand adult subjects such as algebra, physics, and am into strange science such as antigravity and and am into electronics and lasers and atoms all science and think about those things constantly. I am seeing a neurologist he claims I dont have aspergers or he doesnt think I have it because aspergers is diagnosed at a earlier age, but I have had these symptoms my whole life. Since I was 4 my mom says I was different and I matched every single symptom on the asperger or autism checklist for children, I just was not diagnosed, and I feel different than everyone. At my temp jobs I am quiet unless it’s about what I am interested in otherwise I dont talk. I feel I dont have a high iq because I failed the asvab I took at meps and also didnt do too well on an iq test on the internet one was phd certified and one was on the mensa website. Also after highschool I was unemployed for a year then worked for 6 months then was unemployed for a year and a half and I was isolated and didnt interact with people because I do not connect well with people I am socially awkward so my memory isnt what it used to be and am only able to get jobs through a temp service because I fail interviews. So my question is despite all of my specialized interests, do people with aspergers have memory problems? or since I have trouble retaining info and feel I dont have a high or average iq, do I have low functioning autism? Sorry for such a long descriptive story and sorry for not keeping it concise. I hope hope someone has a helpful opinion.

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My daughter has autism and she does not have a memory problem per say she is social different as you wrote and she has certain things that she excels at things that interest her if the doctor said you did not have aspergers and you feel you are wrongly diagnosed go to another doctor get a second opinion only a doctor can diagnose you

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Lisa asks…

where do I find information about adult autism?

I am 33 yrs old. My entire adult experience can be characterized by my involvement in alternative healing. My interests started in an attempt to try to heal myself. I have some behavoirs and patterns in my life and other things about me and my life that have been more challenging for me than for others. It has been unclear to me why things in my life are challenging in the ways that they are. Several years ago I saw a woman on Oprah that gave her testimony about learning as an adult that she was autistic. Her sympsoms were the same symptoms that I suffer from. I think that I may be autistic. I have research autism on the internet. Most information that I have come across about the subject is focussed on children. I need information about adults that are diagnosed in adulthood with autism.

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Autism is a psychiatric term and the diagnosis is the same whether you are an adult or child. If you fit the criteria then you are diagnosed as such. I am lucky my son got diagnosed at age 2. People who were not diagnosed as a kid, have to go through the same criteria- a professional to diagnosed you. You may be on the spectrum of the umbrella called PDD which is a Pervasive Development Disorder that branches off Autism and Asperger (which many people call High Functioning Autism. Most kids who are able to cope in society and function at your level (if you are) are considered Asperger or PDD NOS which is you have Autism characteristics but undetermined. Try the istes listed below and if you want to talk more connect to me at Yahoo360. Good Luck!

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo Answers

Sandra asks…

is asperger’s autism of any form disqualifying for the military?

Hey, i have high functioning autism and i am worried about the military draft coming back, I hear that these websites like wiki answers, yahoo answers and chacha answers say one thing after another about them so what is the real fact.
some answers i think is true and some answers i think they are not.
oh and by the way people who are just guessing.

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The military is so overstrength we are currently in the process of cutting nearly 200,000 personnel. The Draft is NOT coming back.

Autism/Asbergers is a permanent DQ for enlistment.

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Robert asks…

How do I know if I have AS or high functioning autism?

I have most of the symptoms of AS, but I adapt to social situations that I fear, but I still do many social mistakes. How do I know which one do I have?

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The major difference is that people with Asperger’s do not have a speech delay, which people with autism do. Because they’re so similar they may be merged (along with PDD-NOS) into one category called autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5, which comes out in a couple years. Of course, the only way to know for sure if you have either is to be evaluated by an autism spectrum disorders specialist.

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Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Fiction

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The depiction of fictional characters with Autism or Asperger Syndrome in modern literature typically, either purposefully or not, exposes the challenges these characters face and how they overcome them as well as influencing how other people perceive those with the disability.  It is important to remember however that these are works of fiction; the authors are creative writers striving to entertain.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

Although publicly disclaimed by author Mark Haddon as not being about a character with Asperger Syndrome, many people are of the opinion that, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the behavioral problem the main character exhibits is a portrayal of Asperger.

Christopher, the main character, is gifted in the ability to solve math problems, but he has difficulty relating to other people.  The story follows his experiences as he solves the mystery of a murdered dog.  Many have argued that Christopher’s mannerisms and actions throughout the book, as well as his reactions to things around him are a vivid depiction of Asperger.

A Wizard Alone

A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane is the sixth in a series entitled Young Wizards.  The theme of the Young Wizards series can be described as a combination of religion and fantasy.  The source of conflict and plot reads like a 21st century biblical tale with a supreme being and their servant spiritual beings in a strategic battle with spiritual forces attempting to subvert existence.

Darryl McAllister is a young wizard, a mortal group of beings tasked with fighting the spiritual evil.  Darryl is autistic and currently undertaking his wizardry rite of passage.  With the help of two other wizards Darryl fights and subdues the supreme spiritual evil.  Throughout this book, a lot of the mannerisms and reactions to situations are regarded as accurate representations of autism.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Author Gennifer Choldenko’s Al Capone Does My Shirts is a young adult novel that intertwines the experience of caring for an autistic family member with the story of a child’s mischief and creativity.

The character of Moose Flanagan has a sister named Natalie who is autistic.  The family has just moved to Alcatraz Island because the father got a job as a prison guard.  Moose takes care of Natalie and is a friend with the prison warden’s daughter Piper who talks Moose into a scheme to make money off of their friends by falsely offering to have Al Capone wash their laundry.  This book is generally considered to be an accurate portrayal of the challenges of caring for a family member with autism.

These are just a few of the many examples of available fiction books portraying characters with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, and the different perspectives that can be presented.  Many more can be located through search engines, book reviews, and retailers.

By Brock M. Hunter

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How To Use Your Diagnosis Of Asperger Syndrome As Empowerment

Living with Asperger Syndrome is an everyday challenge that makes every living moment a waking nightmare! But all of that will change if you just hang in there, take a moment every now and then to breathe, close your eyes, and just relax. When you found out that you were an Aspie, what went through your own mind? You probably zoned-out for a second, because you realized that you are not crazy or weird after-all!

Now that your diagnoses is out of the way, what about dealing with everyday issues? You may find that you are often misunderstood, that people just don’t understand you, people who probably don’t even want to understand you. How do you deal with that? Most of the time just telling them that you have Aspergers will only fall on deaf-ears. I know, it’s hard, but sometimes it is better to help other people understand your limitations, rather than just hiding behind your diagnoses.

When people understand your issues, they will more than likely try to adjust to better suit your needs. Don’t fret if they forget, just give them a friendly-reminder. It’s hard for anybody to be completely aware at all times of the day, so sometimes others will forget your limitations, they might forget that you aren’t trying to be rude or anti-social, or they might think that you understand what they are trying to tell you when it isn’t appropriate to assume so. They might think that you are being inappropriate. It takes some time to get used to the changes necessary.

You should understand that you can do anything that you want, you can be anything and anybody that you set out to be! Just realize that you have a unique perspective on life, and that those with Aspergers tend to have higher IQ-scores, so that means you generally have a higher-functioning brain than most people! Your brain is hard-wired for constant change, so use that to your advantage! Discuss your ideas and innovations with the world, and you may even inspire the greatest minds, and maybe you will change the minds of the more stubborn people! You can be very convincing.

The final thing you need to remember is that you are still a human-being, whether you are high-functioning or not, so don’t see yourself as less-important, nor someone that is unnatural! Your life matters, so help other people realize that!

Joseph D. Smith employs the Aspiezine, a topical blog and social network for those affected by and with autism, whether you are autistic or not!

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Helping Your Child With Autism Cope With School Anxiety

Do you really know how your child feels about going back to school this year? Maybe last year was a positive experience but can you really assume this will be another carbon copy? Many children, even those without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), can harbor secret worries and concerns they can’t seem to express which can then develop into troubling and difficult behaviors.

If you think back to your first days of a new school year, what comes to mind? Along with the excitement of wearing that new outfit and seeing your good friend again what were the concerns you carried with you?

Is your special needs child looking forward to going back to school? Despite your sensory sensitive daughter’s interest in school could she be worrying about new school building she has to go to? Is it possible your son with Asperger’s might have a concern about the school bus ride or eating in the cafeteria? If so, what can be done to alleviate their fears?

Starting early to prepare your child for a new school year is important in order to get them off to a good start. Going shopping for school clothes is a given but there is so much more to getting ready for school than shopping for new outfits and back-to-school supplies. Being prepared with pens, pencils, pads of paper and the backpack to put it all in, as well as the proper equipment for sports and the new sneakers for physical education class is all important, but what about the rest?

For school to be a pleasant and successful experience for your child with Autism being prepared means so much more than acquiring the material possessions that are required.

Retuning to school, even if in the same school building, can be filled with worries such as making new friends or what your new teacher will be like but for a child with Autism, the anxieties can be much bigger than that. Helping your child transition with ease into a new school year to ensure an experience that will keep a smile on her face requires mental, emotional, cognitive and social preparation as well.

Taking from your own experience and knowing what you know about your child what are some things you can do to:

– Mentally prepare your child for school? Putting the date when school will begin on the family calendar or creating a special one for your son will help him make a mental note for when his summer routine will change. Spending time identifying things that will be a novel experience for your child is another productive exercise. If your child is to ride the bus for the first time, you may want to contact the school/bus driver to schedule a time to meet him or her and arrange for a school bus tour.

– Emotionally prepare your child for school? Asking your daughter to express her worries and concerns about school would be the simplest way to approach this but this is not always possible. Young children who have difficulty communicating and expressing themselves require a different tactic. Sometimes all we can do is anticipate what the anxieties might be based on good detective work. If you sense your child is worried that her new teacher will not understand her unique way of relating, make an appointment for them to meet before school starts.

– Cognitively prepare your child for school? Keeping up with reading is one of the best things any parent can do to keep their child’s mind fresh and ready to learn. Increase trips to the library or start now if you haven’t been yet. Reading is key to any child’s school success and extremely important to maintain. Daily reading with your child will give him/her a boost. Kill two birds with one stone by creating a social story about school – you can address his anxieties and increase reading time all in one.

– Socially prepare your child for school? If possible, invite old or new classmates that may have moved into the school system and invite them over so your child can get to know them better and practice her social graces. It can help your child immensely if you rehearse back to school conversation starters and group social skills with them to use with their friends, teachers and other adults.

All in all, there are many things you can do as a parent to fully prepare your child and reduce the risk of tantrum-like behaviors or emotional meltdowns when school time rolls around.

Connie Hammer, MSW, parent educator, consultant and coach, guides parents of young children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to uncover abilities and change possibilities. For more information about covering all the bases for achieving a back-to-school peace of mind that is priceless go to http://parentcoachingforautism.com/products/back-to-school

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